Trinity Center: 2013 Year-End Report

Trinity-Slider-02By Irit Umani

This past year was an important year for the relationship between Trinity Center and St. David’s Episcopal Church, our founding sponsor. The Vestry declared a long term-commitment to embrace and support us, and all of us – staff, volunteers, board of directors and neighbors – are deeply grateful.

Four (yes four) different groups from St. David’s Church serve our neighbors on Sundays, and the majority of Trinity’s volunteers and board members are parishioners of St. David.

Trinity Center’s mission is “to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Austin.” In 2013 Trinity Center served/gave:

foranges&eggsFood:

14,660 breakfasts

2,800 lunches on Sundays

1,700 sack lunches.

Financial assistance:

300 people received financial assistance for birth certificates

520 for Texas ID or driver’s license

140 for co-pay for medication

Transportation/bus passes:

450 daily passes

1,170 weekly passes

300 monthly bus passes (most given through the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church’s outreach program.)

Through our doors:

In 2013 Trinity Center had a total of 22,640 “visits,” meaning the number of times people entered the center and signed in. Given the number of individuals who receive their mail at Trinity, it is an educated estimate that we serve about 2,000 individuals each year.

Case Management data for 2013:

A total of 99 people were/are on case management.

46 got off the streets:

14 into shelters

32 into housing (PSH, Section 8, rental, relatives, transitional)

43 referred to employment assistance and 14 found employment

11 started or re-established receiving benefits to which they are entitled

70 were connected to other service providers/ partners agencies.

Trinity Center’s success in moving neighbors from the streets and into housing and shelters saw a huge increase (to 46 percent) this year. Almost 100 percent of the people whom we assist in getting housing were not served by our partner organizations prior to the contact we made. The people that Trinity helped get into housing are in addition those helped by our partners, thus increasing the overall number of people housed this year in Austin.

CD Doyle free health clinic, which operates at the St. David’s Gym and the Center on Sundays, had an average of 27 student-volunteers and saw a total of 414 patients.

Volunteers, collaboration and advocacy:

Trinity Center’s base of volunteers is what enables us to operate with a paid staff of only four and a budget of only $325,000. Many of our volunteers and some of our staff have chosen to serve at Trinity as a response to an inner spiritual call. Their spiritual approach, attitude and concern are palpable to the neighbors.

IMG_9905In 2013 we had 716 volunteers at Trinity Center, for a total of over 5,890 hours:

49 people volunteered for a shift during weekdays

480 volunteered for our Sunday Trinity Streets program

187 people volunteered for special projects, such as the mother-daughter service teams and the Christmas party.

Additionally, 11 served on the Board of Directors for approximately 300-400 additional volunteer hours.

Collaboration:

Resources are limited, and we strongly believe in collaborative, unduplicated services. Trinity Center is well established and recognized by other service providers as a place for outreach programs and is used as a major location for outreach programs by the following organizations:

• ATCIC – Outreach and intake for mentally challenged people

• C.A.R.E – Free testing for HIV and Hepatitis

• Foundation For the Homeless FH and Caritas – Intake for BSS+

• C.D. Doyle’s free health care clinic

• Veteran Affairs – Outreach program to homeless veterans

• Austin Free Net – Computer lab with an instructor

• Art from the Streets – Art studio and materials, twice a week

• The Challenger – A ‘street newspaper’ written, edited, distributed by neighbors

• Texas Reach-Out Ministry – Weekly evening support group for people re-entering from the legal system

All of the organizations that use our facility report that people are more approachable and more responsive to their services while at Trinity Center, where they have a strong sense of belonging. 

Trinity Center’s board of directors, staff, volunteers and, most importantly, the people we serve, extend deep gratitude for your support. We could not have done what we do daily, and will not be able to continue to do, without this support. Thank you!

With gratitude and respect,

Irit Umani

Executive Director